Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton Distributes Grant Funds to 20 Nonprofits at Friday Club Luncheon

Monies distributed benefitted nonprofits health and wellness needs through the Club’s SAS Grant Program

By: Kaye Communcations, Inc.

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BOCA RATON, Fla.July 28, 2022PRLog — Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton presents 20 nonprofits with Service Above Self Grant funding at the Club’s weekly membership luncheon meeting to support the organizations’ health and wellness needs for those in their service community.

During the weekly luncheon, now under newly installed 2022-2023 President Jeff Weber, each nonprofit was presented their donation and asked to speak about their organizations and how the grant monies will be used. Some grants included the various missions such as support for children with special needs

bereavement counseling, healthcare screenings, respite for caregiving youth, day of fun for children with disabilities and back to school backpacks and much more all health and wellness related.

The nonprofits that attended included:

  • Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse, Inc. /AVDA
  • American Association Caregiving Youth- AACY
  • American Disabilities Foundation (Boating and Beach Bash)
  • Best Foot Forward
  • Boca Helping Hands
  • Faulk Center For Counseling
  • Florence Fuller Development Centers
  • Habitat for Humanity South Palm Beach County
  • JARC
  • Adolph & Rose Levis JCC
  • Unicorn Foundation
  • Tomorrows Rainbow
  • Boca Raton Society for the Disabled, INC. DBA- Twin Palms Center for The Disabled
  • City House
  • Propel
  • Spirit of Giving
  • Sweet Dream Makers
  • Kidsafe
  • YMCA South Palm Beach County

Those unable to attend but will also be receiving funds are:

  • Kindness Matters

“The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is pleased to be fulfill requests made to the Club’s ‘Service Above Self’ Grant program funded by the proceeds from our Club’s Sixth Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball held last November,” said David Eltringham, 2021-2022 president of the RCDBR Fund Board. “Now, more than ever, the demand to support the health and wellness of our community’s nonprofits is at a record high, and I am excited to have the opportunity to co-chair the Seventh Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball Fundraiser with Club Member Rosie Inguanzo Martin on Saturday, November 12, 2022 to continue our grant mission.”

About Rotary Downtown Boca Raton

The Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton is dedicated to impacting the Boca Raton community through Rotary International’s mission of “Service Above Self”. The award-winning 501(c)3 nonprofit’s purpose is to make a difference in the community by enhancing the lives of many in an environment that embraces and promotes integrity, fellowship, and trust. The RCDBR is one of 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries connecting 1.4 million Rotarians around the globe.

The Club this year will be presenting its Seventh Annual Boca Raton Mayors Ball on Saturday, November 12, 2022, raising funds for local non-profits’ health and wellness initiatives the Honor Your Doctor Luncheon was founded by Honorary Rotarian Helen M. Babione. Approaching its 25th year, this event has recognized physician leadership and excellence while raising scholarship monies for students at Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University, students at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University, healthcare students at Lynn University and Palm Beach State College.

For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities as well as ticket reservations (available September 1) for the Boca Raton Mayors Ball, visit or contact Jon Kaye at 561-392-5166, email

PM addresses Rotary International World Convention

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi addressed the Rotary International World Convention via a video message today. Calling the Rotarians a ‘true mix of success and service’, the Prime Minister said that “every Rotary gathering of this scale is like a mini-global assembly. There is diversity and vibrancy. “

Noting the two Mottos of Rotary ‘Service Above Self’ and ‘One Profits Most Who Serves Best’ the Prime Minister said that these are important principles for the welfare of the entire humankind and resonate with the teachings of our saints and sages. “We are the land of Buddha and Mahatma Gandhi who showed in action what living for others is all about”, he added.

Quoting Swami Vivekananda, the Prime Minister said “We all exist in an interdependent, inter-related and inter-connected world. That is why, it is important that individuals, organisations and governments work together to make our planet more prosperous and sustainable.” He praised Rotary International for work hard on several causes that have a positive impact on the earth.

India, he said, is leading in efforts for environmental protection. “Sustainable development is the need of the hour. Inspired by our centuries old ethos of staying in harmony with nature, the 1.4 billion Indians are making every possible effort to make our earth cleaner and greener” said the Prime Minister. He also listed India’s initiatives like International Solar Alliance, ‘One Sun, One World, One Grid’, and LIFE – Lifestyle for Environment. He also informed that India’s commitments on Net Zero by 2070 were also appreciated by the world community.

Appreciating Rotary International’s work on providing clean drinking water, sanitation and hygiene, the Prime Minister talked about the gains of Swachh Bharat Mission such as near total sanitation coverage in five years. He also talked about movements like water conservation and Aatmnirbhar Bharat that have taken shape due to new awareness and realities. He also talked about the vibrant startup sector in India.

He said as India is home to one seventh of humanity, at such a scale, any achievement of India will have a positive impact on the world. He cited Covid-19 vaccine story and efforts to achieve elimination of TB by 2025, 5 years before the global target of 2030, as an examples.

Shri Modi invited the Rotary family to support these efforts at the grassroots. And also asked them to observe Yoga Day all over the world in large numbers.

My remarks at Rotary International Convention 2022 in Houston.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 5, 2022



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The Rotary Club of San Francisco Joins SF-Marin Food Bank and Catholic Charities for Distribution of Personal Safety Alarms to AAPI Seniors

 The Rotary Club of San Francisco, SF-Marin Food Bank and Catholic Charities partnered together to distribute personal safety alarms to 859 AAPI Seniors in the OMI (Oceanview, Merced Heights, Ingleside) neighborhood of San Francisco, California on September 4, 2021. Complimentary safety alarms were given to the SF-Marin Food Bank pantry recipients with a high percentage of them being Asian Seniors. Each recipient was given instructions on how to operate the alarm along with a handout of safety tips. When the alarm is activated, a 130-decibel siren will sound alerting the public someone is in distress and needs help.

The Rotary Club of San Francisco was founded in 1908 and is one of the oldest humanitarian organizations in the world.

“When I heard about the crimes being committed against Asians, I knew I had to do something to help. I am an Asian American woman and found myself being fearful of being on the streets of San Francisco and subjected to being targeted. I stopped carrying a purse or wearing jewelry,” said Mary Liu, Rotary Club of San Francisco President, and 1st Asian American President since the club’s founding in 1908.

Mary Liu took action to secure a grant from the Rotary Club of San Francisco and the San Francisco Rotary Foundation to purchase 2,000 personal safety alarms as part of the Stop Asian Hate movement. The AAPI community came under attack by those looking to exploit the vulnerable in a series of robberies, attacks, and other hate crimes. We hope carrying this personal safety alarm will provide some peace of mind to the Asian Seniors when they are out and about in San Francisco.

Since August 2021, Mary and her club members have distributed the alarms to low-income Asian Seniors in Chinatown, Japantown, Richmond, Sunset, and Visitation Valley neighborhoods.

San Francisco District 2 Supervisor Catherine Stefani joined Mary and the members of the Rotary Club of San Francisco last week to distribute 150 alarms to AAPI seniors from the Mercy Housing development in Visitation Valley.

“I am so scared to go out by myself because of all the crime committed against us,” shared an Asian Senior during the Chinatown alarm distribution.

The Rotary Club of San Francisco is an organization of local business, professional, and civic leaders who do great things locally and around the world. We offer a unique opportunity to give and grow through strong relationships that we build by providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and helping to build goodwill and peace in the world.

Rotary Club of San Francisco

Mary Liu




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